On Christian maturity

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Francis Fike

Abstract

I understand the term "Christian maturity" here to mean "the particular expressions/experiences of Christian faith in a person of advanced age." Although I have not yet reached the advanced age that would qualify me as an authority on the subject, I am, perhaps, near enough to it to offer my reflections.


One might assume that advanced age brings with it both greater spiritual and psychological maturity. From my observations, however, growing older does not guarantee either of those desirable ends. No doubt years of experience carry with them some acquisition of wisdom not available to the young. Mistakes (and successes) made in life should produce their own wake of wisdom. But even that is not certain; I know some people of advanced age who seem never to have learned from their experience. To map the faith-terrain of the older Christian person is thus a difficult task.

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Spiritual life -- Christianity; Maturation (Psychology); Aging -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
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